Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association

Certified Playground Safety Institute
Playground Safety Inspector Certification Course and Exam

March 31 - April 2, 2015  |  East Hartford, CT


Topics for the course include: Identifying hazards on playgrounds; developing risk management tools; importance of a comprehensive playground safety program from a legal perspective; test methods for entrapment, protrusions and entanglement. 

This Course is a must for municipalities, playground manufacturers and installers, park and recreation agencies and others responsible for playgrounds. 

Course Schedule:

Class Times:

  • Tuesday: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Exam Times:

  • Thursday  check in: 8:00 am.
  • Exam begins as soon as everyone gets checked in.
  • Students will have two hours to take the exam.

Class Size:
A minimum of 40 is required to run the class a maximum of 65.  Registration is on a first-paid first – served basis. Notification of class cancellation will be two weeks prior.

CEU Credits:
1.2 CEU Credits (CEU Fee is included in registration fee)

Pre-Course Study Materials:
You will receive written resource materials to study approximately three weeks before the course.  This assumes registration by March 3rd.  If CRPA receives your registration after March 3rd. you may request express delivery at additional cost to you.  CPSI does not recommend that you attempt to take exam unless you have access to the materials three weeks prior to the course.

Computer Based Testing:
The option to take the CPSI exam via computer based testing is now available through the NRPA.  To obtain additional information please visit under CPSI   Please be advised if you register to take the examination with the course, you will not receive a refund to take your initial exam via computer based testing at a later date.  Please decide now if you would like to take the exam on Day 3 of the course or via a Computer Based Exam at a later date. 

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations before March 13, 2014 will be eligible for a partial refund (registration less $75 CRPA service charge and $120 NRPA material charge)
After March 13, 2014, name substitutions only will be allowed and you are responsible for getting the study materials to your replacement.
All refund/replacements must be submitted in writing prior to the start of the course.
A $25 per month service charge will apply to any accounts with a balance due one month from program.
Accommodations: Contact the CRPA office for local hotels and airport.
  • If you do not cancel or do not attend this course and did not notify CRPA by the dates above, you are still  responsible for full payment for the course.
  • It is advised that all resource materials are read in advance to attending.
  • No Walk-ins will be allowed for the course or the exam.  All students must pre-register with CRPA
  • After March 13, 2014, no refunds for the course will be given, but name substitutions will be allowed.
  • Checks to be made payable to CRPA
  • If you require special accommodations, diet or assistance with the exam due to a disability, please attach a note to this application.
Sponsored by the National Recreation and Parks Association, this CPSI course is the most comprehensive training program on playground hazard identification and risk management methods offered anywhere.

  • It is estimated that each year over 205,850 injuries occur on playgrounds each year resulting in 15 fatalities.
  • 79% of all playground injuries are the result of falls
  • Almost all public park and recreation agencies are responsible for maintaining some sort of playground equipment